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across

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adverb \ə-ˈkrȯs, chiefly dialect -ˈkrȯst\

Simple Definition of across

  • : from one side to the other

  • : in a measurement from one side to the other side

  • : on the opposite side

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of across

  1. 1 :  in a position reaching from one side to the other :  crosswise

  2. 2 :  to or on the opposite side

  3. 3 :  so as to be understandable, acceptable, or successful <get an argument across>

Examples of across in a sentence

  1. The streams are small enough to jump across.

  2. They walked across to the other side of the street.

  3. They reached across and shook each other's hand.

  4. At its widest point, the pond measures 150 feet across.

  5. I saw them crossing the street and I waited until they were safely across.



Origin and Etymology of across

Middle English acros, from Anglo-French an crois, from an in (from Latin in) + crois cross, from Latin crux


First Known Use: 14th century


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across

adjective

Definition of across

  1. :  being in a crossed position



Circa 1576

First Known Use of across

circa 1576


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across

preposition

Simple Definition of across

  • : from one side to the other side of (something)

  • : on the other side of (something)

  • : so as to reach or spread over or throughout (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of across

  1. 1 a :  from one side to the opposite side of :  over, through <swam across the river> b :  on the opposite side of <lives across the street from us>

  2. 2 :  so as to intersect or pass through at an angle <sawed across the grain of the wood>

  3. 3 :  so as to find or meet <came across your football in the hall closet>

  4. 4 a :  throughout <obvious interest across the nation — Robert Goralski> b :  so as to include or take into consideration all classes or categories <across differences, they insist, there can be no rational dialogue — Huston Smith>

Examples of across in a sentence

  1. We took a ferry across the river.

  2. We saw them walking across the street.

  3. She reached across the table to shake his hand.

  4. They traveled back and forth across the border.

  5. Airplanes flew across the sky above us.

  6. He was seated across the table from me.

  7. The accident happened just across the state line.

  8. A smile spread across her face.

  9. Looking out across the ocean, he saw land.

  10. The sun's light spread across the mountains.



1591

First Known Use of across

1591



ACROSS Defined for Kids

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across

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adverb \ə-ˈkrȯs\

Definition of across for Students

  1. 1 :  from one side to the other <They reached across and shook hands.>

  2. 2 :  a measurement from one side to another <The lake is a mile across.>

  3. 3 :  on the opposite side <Watch me till I get across.>




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across

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preposition

Definition of across for Students

  1. 1 :  to or on the opposite side of <The chicken ran across the street.> <My grandparents live across the street.>

  2. 2 :  so as to pass, go over, or intersect at an angle <Lay one stick across another.>

  3. 3 :  in every part of <The story spread all across town.>





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